#25: From Africa to America - The Basil Ajuo Story
“We grew up in a community where people were dying every day.”
In this episode of Twin Cities Podcast, Mike welcomes Basil Aujo to speak about his incredible journey from Cameroon, Africa to Minnesota.
Basil talks about the realities of growing up in a poor African village with limited resources and little access to healthcare.
Basil was raised by his grandmother who preached the importance of education and community service. Those two pillars serve as a framework for the inspiring life Basil has created for himself in the Twin Cities.
He is also the chairman and executive director of a non-profit called the International Institute for Caring, where he focuses on education, human rights, immigration, and mental health, among other challenging issues.
This is a remarkable story about opportunity, vision, and serving others.
Topics mentioned or discussed:
Education as an investment
The impact of AIDS in Cameroon
Serving in the Red Cross at age 11
Basil’s first TV images of the U.S.
Fear of the Cameroon government
Depression and isolation
Basil’s vision for the future
Non-profit success stories
Basil's Favorites in the Twin Cities
Favorite Meal under $15
Favorite Public Space:
- Downtown Minneapolis
How would you describe the Twin Cities?
- "I like to use my eyes when I'm downtown. I would tell them about buildings, roads, and shopping. The Twin Cities is a real place for business"
State of the Union Message
- “Building confidence in immigrants is an investment in our nation.”